Seafood is an important part of a balanced diet and is a rich source of omega 3 fatty acids (DHA & EPA), which have numerous health benefits. With so many seafood choices, how do we determine which are best for our health, the environment and local communities? The Smart Seafood Guide, put out by the Food and Water Watch, aims to address many of the various concerns around purchasing and consuming seafood.
Below are the five major criteria evaluated for the seafood recommended in the guide. I encourage you to consider these criteria before making a seafood selection at a grocery store, market or restaurant.
2. Status of the Stock
3. Catch Method or Farming Method
4. Economic/Social/Cultural Significance
5. Key Species
As you can tell there is a lot to consider when it comes to purchasing seafood. Below is a wallet sized card you can download to use as a resource in helping you to make healthy and sustainable decisions as a consumer. Knowing where you food comes from can empower you to make decisions on a regular basis when it comes to everything from produce to meats to packaged goods. For more information or a list of resources about food safety, send me a message or post a comment!
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A place for me to share my own experiences as an ND & Mom, things I find interesting in the world of wellness & medicine, share recipes, health tips and home/DIY self care ideas. Between 2012 & 2016 I got married, moved twice and had two kids! But I'm back and have SO much to share with you now. Becoming a mom has completely changed my world and my practice. Stay tuned for lots more from me :)